Tailor made for you with handmade, quality care

Business writer Ashley Jones. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times
Business writer Ashley Jones. Photo: Sarah Harvey/ The Queensland Times Sarah Harvey
STITCHED UP: Alan and Margaret Ingham own Bargain Box Fabrics on Darling St.
STITCHED UP: Alan and Margaret Ingham own Bargain Box Fabrics on Darling St. Claudia Baxter

IN A world that is moving towards the simple things of life, the elements of time gone by like homemade cakes, craft and making dresses and outfits for the family, it is good to have local people who understand these needs.

When it comes to fashion, dressmaking and craft Bargain Box Fabrics is a competitive, one stop shop.

The resurgence in dressmaking and craft makes this a 'must see' destination.

For owners Margaret and Alan Ingham Bargain Box Fabrics is a big part of their lives and operate an amazing store tucked away in Darling St, running parallel to Brisbane St, it is just a short walk down Ellenborough St, or ample parking close by. Because it is not part of a big chain store, do not be fooled.

The stock, range and price, is competitive with the bonus of good old fashion service and knowledge.

"We have a big range of patterns including McCall, Burda, New Look, and Kwik Sew. We have catalogues for the latest patterns. It is a real sense of satisfaction to make something yourself," she said.

Mrs Ingham said that the choice to make clothes, rather than off the rack in a chain store, is one of quality and uniqueness.

More generally she identified that in the past two years there has been a notable growth in home dressmakers and the interest is increasing.

"Basically women are sick of looking like everyone else so they are turning to making their own clothes," she said.

"I have the children who used to come in with mum, now adults and some bring in their children. The parents are coming in because they remember doing this when they were young, often to get items for home economics at school," Mrs Ingham said.

Bargain Box Fabrics has the distinct advantage of offering personalised service, a place where you can get advice and support in any area of sewing.

Bargain Box Fabrics have fashion cotton prints, stretch woollen cotton, "perfect for today's fashion.

It is less crushable and it breathes, there are patterns and plains in stock," she said.

They also have Dillinger, a cotton and spandex blend, which is ideal for suiting, now available.

There is also a range of woolen blends, some in tweed style wools; this is a synthetic and wool blend.

They have three and half thousand bolts for patchwork, along with wadding, thread, braiding and all other accessories.

"We have everyday things as well, a good but cheaper fabric that is versatile is poplin and a lot of ladies make up costumes or even use it for bunting for party decoration," she said.

"We also have cross stitch kits, stranded threads, tapestry canvases, in fact a lot of craft items. They have knitting wool, carrying their preferred brand of Magnum. Their range of buttons has to be seen to be believed, lots of fashion buttons to choose from.

Twenty six years of service is testament to their care and commitment to providing quality product and very competitive prices.

They have just taken stock of Christmas prints in line with Christmas in July and also to give time for sewing outfits and other items for the festive season.

"This year it is red, green and gold, very traditional and it is a good time to get into advent calendar cloth panels with the idea of making a wall hanging. It is great to make some traditions for your family like many others do."

We need to be supporting what we have in this city, and Bargain Box Fabrics is open Monday to Friday from 8.30-5pm and Saturday from 8.30- 12.15pm. Checkout information and specials at or phone 3202 2887.

The simple philosophy is, just ask! There is a real sense of community among the regular customers and a place to share ideas and ask others for advice. It is worth a look.

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